Alcohol Beverage Authorities in United States

State and Local Laws

In the United States, each state has the authority to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol within its borders. This means state and local jurisdictions may have their own requirements in addition to federal requirements. State laws and regulations vary widely from state to state, and may be more restrictive than federal regulations.

You must meet all state and local requirements in any state where you plan to do business (unless Federal law preempts the state law). If you plan to do business in a state, you must contact its appropriate authorities for more information about the state and local requirements.


This directory lists alcohol resources such as the contact information and website links for alcohol beverage authorities in the United States.


Alabama (Control State)

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board


Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office


Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control


Alcohol Beverage Control


California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training Program

Responsible Beverage Service Portal


Colorado Department of Revenue-Liquor Enforcement Division


Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection




Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner

District of Columbia

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration




Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco




Georgia Department of Revenue Alcohol & Tobacco Tax Division





Liquor Commission City and County of Honolulu


Department of Liquor Control County of Hawaii


Department of Liquor Control County of Kauai


Department of Liquor Control



Idaho (Control State)

Idaho State Liquor Dispensary (handles pricing, distribution, selection, and location of packaged liquor stores)

Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau (enforces distilled spirits laws)


Illinois Liquor Control Commission


Alcohol and Tobacco Commission

Iowa (Control State)

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division




Kansas Department of Revenue Alcohol Beverage Control


Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Department




Louisiana Department of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Control Office



Maine (Control State)

Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations


(Control State *Montgomery County only)

Maryland Field Enforcement Division

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services

MD – Worcester County Liquor Control Board


Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

Michigan (Control State)

Michigan Liquor Control Commission


Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division

Mississippi (Control State)

Alcoholic Beverage Control Office


Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Montana (Control State)

Montana Liquor License Bureau




Nebraska Liquor Control Commission


Nevada Department of Taxation

New Hampshire (Control State)

New Hampshire State Liquor Commission

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

New Mexico

New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department

New York

New York State Liquor Authority Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

North Carolina (Control State)

North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

North Dakota

North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner



Ohio (Control State)

Ohio Department of Commerce

Division Of Liquor Control


Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission (ABLE)

See also:

The Oklahoma Tax Commission

Oregon (Control State)

Oregon Liquor Control Commission



Pennsylvania (Control State)

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Rhode Island

Division of Commercial Licensing and Regulation Liquor Enforcement and Compliance

Rhode Island Agencies List



South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Revenue & Taxation

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Revenue

Division of Special Taxes




Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission


Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission



Utah (Control State)

Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control



Vermont (Control State)

Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery

Virginia (Control State)

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority




Washington Department of Revenue

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

West Virginia (Control State)

West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commission Enforcement & Licensing Division


Wisconsin Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement

Department of Revenue

Wyoming (Control State)

Wyoming Liquor Commission


Listed below are links to other alcohol resource related links

British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF)

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
COPS is the Federal office that coordinates community policing efforts. The Web site includes information on COPS grantees and innovative programs and resources on community policing. Resources include promising practices, curriculum, publications, and links to other community policing Web sites.

Minneapolis Alcohol Service Training Resources

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
NCPC's online resource center provides information on NCPC's programs, publications, and media campaigns. In addition, one can find factsheets and program ideas on crime prevention areas, such as neighborhood organizing, youth mobilization, and bias crime. Crime prevention links for law enforcement, children, and adults are also included.

National Liquor Law Enforcement Association
The National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) is a non-profit association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations.

Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The Web site provides information about the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative and its other programs and publications.



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